I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It’s a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive, take-action attitude when faced with adversity.
But when you hear the dreaded news that “you have cancer,” it can feel like fate has not just given you one sour, bitter lemon, but a bushel of them. And we know from experience that what you do with those lemons often determines how you heal.
Making Serious Lemonade
Today’s story is about the seven-year-old son of one of our patients, who took the bad news that his mom’s cancer could not be cured by her chemotherapy treatments and literally made lemonade to help out. Lisa Engelman is healing from follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has no cure and is difficult to treat by conventional cancer standards. When her first round of chemotherapy treatments failed her, she and her family decided to take the alternative path with non-toxic treatment protocols. Lisa wanted to come to Hope4Cancer, but the family’s finances were making that decision difficult.
Luke, a rather mature seven-year-old and the oldest of his three siblings, decided he had to do something to raise funds for his mother’s treatment. A budding entrepreneur, he quickly got to planning a lemonade stand for the end of the driveway. He spent about four weeks delivering flyers, and the family also used Facebook to reach out to their community. Still, with $1 glasses of lemonade and $2 popcorn bags for sale, Lisa and her husband, Stephen, didn’t expect Luke to raise much more than $100.
What came next was something that no one could have anticipated. The flyers and Facebook post got the word got out in the community about Lisa’s predicament and Luke’s idea. The response was incredible. Even with Lisa, Stephen, and two of their four children sick in bed with the flu, Luke get his lemonade stand up and running with the help of friends and neighbors. The day brought friends, neighbors, the local fire department, and even the Channel 6 News crew out to support Lisa — check out Luke’s interview with them.
At the end of that incredible day, Lisa, Stephen, and Luke sat down to count up all the money the stand had made, and the amount was far from the $100 they had predicted. The total came to $3,903.03!! Luke’s efforts even made the local Portland Tribune as well as national news, with coverage on Yahoo Parenting.
But more than the money or the media, the Engelman family saw that “?love is action, and action is love.”? These words from Luke in the news video really sum it all up:
“My momma has cancer, and now she is really sick … and we have to get rid of it.”
Getting Even Better
In addition to the lemonade stand fundraiser, Lisa’s family and friends have rallied around her to raise even more money through the YouCaring: Compassionate Fundraising (now GoFundMe) platform. Her sister, Lynette, set up the online fundraiser, with a goal of $50-plus thousand, to support Lisa’s alternative treatment needs. As of the writing of this blog, they have raised $27,313!
Many of our patients support their treatment costs with online fundraisers. We are amazed at what technology has done to help bring communities together to support healing. We never want a cancer patient to be faced with choosing their cancer treatment based only what insurance does or does not cover. We thank sites like YouCaring and many others that help our patients raise the money they need to support their alternative treatment path.
Healing with a Plan
Lisa has finished her in-patient stay at Hope4Cancer, and we are pleased with her progress toward healing. We share her faith in God — there is a purpose and a plan for Lisa and her cancer.
You can stay up on Lisa’s incredible healing journey by tuning into her blog. We hear that Luke has plans to continue his lemonade empire, and that his community is still right by his side. We’ve also heard that the Ellen DeGeneres Show has made inquiries about Luke’s story. This is the kind of story that should make national news!
What do you think are the best online platforms for raising money to support alternative cancer treatments? Share your tips with our community by tweeting @Hope4CancerMex or commenting on our Facebook page.
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